Established in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a globally recognized University and contributes both locally and internationally to talent development, new knowledge generation and societal interests. The University was founded on the principle that education, original scholarship, and the development of society are integrally linked and best pursued together. It has the objective of becoming a world leading University with significant international impact and strong local commitment. In relentless pursuit of excellence, it leads the advance of and education in science, technology, business, humanities and social science.
Celebrating its 30th birthday during the most challenging time in the recent decade with mounting global issues of the coronavirus, economic downturn and climate change, the University sees a growing demand for pressing solutions to respond to these emerging challenges. To address these and other global issues, it is essential to bring to the University a diversity of talents and open up new horizons in high-impact areas. One of the objectives in HKUST Strategic Plan 2021-2028 (https://strategicplan.hkust.edu.hk/) is to be “A University of TALENTS”, extending our global reservoir of minds and abilities by looking beyond conventional academic disciplines and being open to the recruitment and nurturing of more diverse areas of strength among students, faculty and staff. Concurring with this objective, the University will conduct a strategic hiring campaign aimed at advancing the University’s academic strengths in selected cross-disciplinary areas that are strategically important to HKUST’s future development. We are seeking renowned scholars, academics, leaders or potential leaders in the core cross-disciplinary areas of (A) Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine; (B) Material Science and Future Energy; (C) AI, Future Computing and Electronics; (D) Innovation for Business Management and FinTech; (E) Environmental Science, Sustainability and Green Tech; and (F) Art Tech and Humanities.
Applications are invited for a number of senior substantiation-track faculty positions at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the above areas. Joint appointments in more than one academic department in the University are encouraged. Successful candidates should have a PhD degree in related fields and preferably have demonstrated a solid research track record in the above areas. Apart from having an exceptional research record, successful candidates should demonstrate strong potential as excellent teachers and advisors. Good ability in communicating research problems well beyond one’s own research area, especially with organizations and industry partners, is considered a plus.
Appointments can start as early as on 1 June 2023. Salary is highly competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include medical/dental benefits, annual leave, and housing benefits where applicable.
Details of the six core cross-disciplinary areas (A) to (F) are as follows:
(A) Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine
Building on the current strength in biological sciences and translational medicine, the University aims to further enhance the research and educational capacity in this important area to address the pressing health issues locally and worldwide. We are seeking motivated scientists who share the same vision and aim to transform medicine using advanced multi-omics diagnosis, AI-driven preventive medicine data analytics, advanced imaging and data integration, precision medicine by gene editing or advanced therapies, or other advanced approaches that provide important insights into disease mechanisms. The candidate will provide leadership in research and teaching in the general area of biomedical sciences with a clear path to translate pre-clinical research into clinical trials and experimental medicine efforts. The candidate will also be expected to develop new research links with internal units and external partners at the interface between medicine and industry.
(B) Material Science and Future Energy
HKUST is the world leader in material and energy research. We are seeking talents in the areas including but not limited to advanced electronic materials, photonic materials, low-dimensional and quantum materials, modern functional magnetic materials, polymers, ultra-microscopy and materials characterization, energy materials, clean energy storage solutions, waste to energy, advanced batteries, advanced solar cells, building energy, ocean energy, smart grid, artificial intelligence in power sector, and electric vehicles.
(C) AI, Future Computing and Electronics
Building on the existing strength in AI, Future Computing and Electronics, we aim to attract outstanding senior scholars to conduct cutting-edge research within the state-of-the-art facilities and demonstrate leadership in research and education excellence endeavors.
Areas of interest include but not limited to data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, future computing, emergent electronics and optoelectronics, computer architecture, integrated circuits, quantum engineering and computing, wireless communications and networking, cybersecurity, human-computer interactions, robotics, IoT, etc.
(D) Innovation for Business Management and FinTech
We seek talents in cutting-edge research in fintech, sustainability and green finance, business analytics and experimentation, family business, as well as basic business and economics disciplines. A PhD degree in business, economics, computer science or related areas is expected.
Areas of interest include but not limited to Blockchain, Robo-advising, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Finance and Business; Business Analytics and Experimental Research; Technological Innovations in Business; the Interplay between Technology, Regulation, and Business; Digital Economy and Financial Inclusion; Family Business and Wealth Management; Sustainability and Green Finance, etc.
(E) Environmental Science, Sustainability and Green Tech
Building on the existing strength in environmental science and engineering, and sustainability, the University aims to enhance and expand the research and educational capacity to address the pressing environmental issues locally and globally. We are seeking motivated candidates who will provide leadership in research and education in the following broad areas of interest, including but not limited to Air Quality Management; Carbon Reduction Technology, Energy Saving and Green Buildings; Smart City; Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG); Climate Risk Assessment, Modelling and Extreme Weather Prediction; Green Architecture, Green Finance; Life Cycle Assessment; Green Transport; Waste Reduction; Net-zero Electricity Generation, etc.
(F) Art Tech and Humanities
The Art Tech focus area looks for candidates working on art creation and visual communication with cutting-edge technologies. Candidates working on broad topics on Generative AI for Art or specifically on topics like AR/VR Art with Metaverse, Robotics Art, Data Art, Computer Graphics and 3D animation, AI-generated performance/visual arts, and other forms of computational arts are welcome to apply.
In the Humanities, we encourage applications from senior scholars in areas including but not limited to Digital Humanities, Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, Ancient Chinese History, and Cantonese Linguistics. Researchers focusing on health and society, governance, and computational and experimental approaches to social science topics are also encouraged to apply.
Please submit the application via the HKUST/HKUST(GZ) Recruitment System (https://facrecruit.hkust.edu.hk/). You should first sign up to create your personal account. At the section of “Application Information”, please select your choice(s) of areas from the “Strategic Hiring” under the “HKUST Hong Kong Campus”.
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HKUST is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to our core values of inclusiveness, diversity, and respect.